What’s on the OpenAQ Community Wish List?

Updated 26 Feb 2018

Over the past two years, we’ve interacted with communities from Sarajevo to San Francisco on what ways they would find most powerful to use open air quality data. We’ve amassed a community wish list in that time. To be clear, these aren’t items that OpenAQ, itself, will necessarily build, but ones that community members can also take on and lead, independent of us.

Are you a genie with the interest and skill-set to help grant any of these wishes? If so, let us know at info@openaq.org! Or chat with us on Slack!

Here’s the list (items in no particular order):

  1. An open-source wrapper that converts physical air quality data to a given government’s or organization’s Air Quality Index. [Update: Check out this open-source project by a community member]
  2. An open-source wrapper that does initial QA/QC flagging (e.g. repeated values, negative values). [Update: We’ve been funded to work on this and need your input! Check out this post for more info.]
  3. A customizable, open-source public alert system that alerts users by email or text when certain air quality thresholds are exceeded.
  4. An open-source air quality app that could be adapted for different languages (and would probably utilize the open-source AQI wrapper).
  5. An open-source, instrument-independent alert system for when equipment goes down.
  6. Statistical studies that analyze the quality difference between data reported in real-time to later QA/QC’ed data.
  7. Landscape analyses of monitoring positions relative to roadsides across the world.
  8. A study using OpenStreetMap data and OpenAQ monitoring locations to programmatically determine characterize monitoring location environments (e.g. rural, urban, industrial).
  9. An open tool to ingest government-grade data and compare them with low-cost sensor measurements.
  10. A resource for journalists to understand air quality basics.
  11. A tool that visualizes longer term (e.g. monthly, yearly) air quality trends, designed for consumption by the general public.
  12. Add in a data subtype that allows ingestion of historical validated government data (e.g. large decadal-scale datasets from the US Environmental Protection Agency and European Environmental Agency).

Do you have other items on your wish list? Share your ideas below! Want to help out? Join the conversation on Slack!

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